Martin Kove, born on March 6, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York, is an American actor best known for his villainous role in the Karate Kid films. Kove got his start as an actor in the early 1970s, making his first significant appearance in the horror classic The Last House on the Left in 1972. Kove would work regularly in television and on film throughout the 1970s and 1980s, appearing on shows such as McCloud and McMillan and Wife and films such as Death Race 2000 and White Line Fever. Despite his long and varied career, Kove is best known to audiences for his role as John Kreese in the 1984 film, The Karate Kid. As the sinister head of a group of young karate students, he became known as one of the iconic villains of the 1980s, appearing in all three Karate Kid films. Kove is also well-known to television audiences for his role as Detective Victor Isbecki in the popular program, Cagney & Lacey.